The World According to kcillini77

July 5, 2008

Field Sobriety Checkpoints vs. Saturation Patrols

Filed under: Uncategorized — kcillini77 @ 5:08 pm

An interesting article appeared in today’s Kansas City Star questioning the effectiveness of field sobriety checkpoints.

The biggest problem I have with checkpoints is not the fact that the real drunks can avoid them.  It’s the hypocrisy in having a pseudoscientific blood alcohol content limit be the determining factor in whether one is drunk or not.  A few weeks ago someone brought a breathalyzer to our neighbor’s 30th birthday celebration.  I personally blew just over the limit at one point and then retook the test 2 minutes later and was at half the limit.  The difference – the first time I had just taken a sip of beer.  So someone else who had just blown a .02 took the test with a small amount of beer in their mouth and blew a .4 – legally dead, I think.

Cities earn lots of tax money from bars so they will never threaten their existence.  But the guidelines bartenders are to abide by state that they are not to serve someone who “appears intoxicated”.  One does not “appear intoxicated” until they are stumbling over themselves and starting fights at the bar.  By that point they are well over a .08 limit.  Meanwhile someone who has had 4 beers at a bar after a softball game, happens through a checkpoint, tells the officer he had a couple, and blows a .081 gets thrown in the slammer and has their license taken away, while a habitual drunk tells the officer they didn’t have anything to drink or happens to not be one of the 25% they check that night.

I know that anyone who argues against checkpoints is viewed by MADD as someone who wants drunks on the street and people killed.  But I simply agree with the article that saturation patrols are much more effective in keeping the real drunks off the street.  If someone is more in danger of killing or injuring someone than usual, it should be very obvious to a trained officer.

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2 Comments »

  1. You need to run for president.

    Comment by kristiapplesauce — July 6, 2008 @ 12:43 am | Reply

  2. So true…

    Into the Wild is an aawesome movie!

    Just dropping by to say howdy!

    Cheers.

    Comment by Nathan — July 7, 2008 @ 10:18 am | Reply


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